The cost-of-living crisis and the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic are on many people’s minds at the moment. Legion Scotland is here to help veterans who are in need of assistance, whether it’s with their health, finances, mental wellbeing, or pensions. 

This service is easy to use, but not everyone knows what it involves. Here, we set out some of the things to expect from the Veterans Community Support Service (VCSS). 

The service can support many people 

Each month, around 170-180 people are actively being supported by the VCSS. Many of those contributing to the service are volunteers – there are more than 80 of them across the country – who are on hand to help those who need them. 

Since the service began, 14,000 veterans have used the VCSS. That includes phone calls, support visits, events, and other approaches. 

It’s quick and efficient 

Reaching the VCSS is straightforward. First, you contact the team through Legion Scotland’s HQ. Then, within five or six days, you’d receive a visit from one of the volunteers who have experience in your area. The following week, you’d start to see the results of your visit come to life. It may be that the VCSS refers you to a partner organisation or charity that is better placed to assist with a particular issue, or they might signpost you to resources that would be of interest. 

The VCSS can’t offer direct financial support, nor are volunteers medically trained, but they are able to help guide you to other experts who will be able to help in these areas. 

Support comes in many shapes and sizes 

While some people will only need one VCSS visit, others prefer a long-term approach. The VCSS also holds events and days out to boost morale and confidence. These trips are also a great way to meet other members of the veteran community in Scotland. Earlier this year, there was a trip through the north of the nation, where veterans were hosted at Fort George and RAF Lossiemouth by the host battalions.


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